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The National Council on Women’s Health. Lila Wallace, MD Clinical Professor of Medicine Weill Cornell Medical College. NCWH History. 1979:  Founded by Lila Wallis, MD, headquartered at the Weill-Cornell Medical College

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The National Council on Women’s Health

Lila Wallace, MD

Clinical Professor of Medicine

Weill Cornell Medical College

NCWH History

  • 1979:  Founded by Lila Wallis, MD, headquartered at the Weill-Cornell Medical College

  • 1980: NCWH begins a series of Women's Health Days to promote awareness. 1981: NCWH convenes the First Symposium on Women's Health, attended by several hundred physicians and women. 1983: The Second Symposium convenes.1989: The Third Symposium convenes. 1990: NCWH begins Mothers and Daughters Race Against Teen Smoking (MADRATS) to raise awareness of this epidemic.1994: MADRATs participation burgeons into the thousands, NCWH partners with the New York RoadRunners Club.1998: NCWH convenes the Fourth Symposium on Women's Health with several thousand attendees.1999: NCWH establishes the Shirley Sacks Award for Outstanding Contributions to Women's Health.2001: NCWH begins community outreach with programs on health. 2004: NCWH campaigns against teen obesity with the Girls Get Healthy Program. 2005: NCWH awards Gloria Steinem the Shirley Sacks Award. 2007: Girls Get Healthy! expands to 10 schools in four boroughs of New York City.2008-2010: NCWH launches in-school sex-education workshops for 6th-12th graders.

Our Mission Statement

  • Outreach:We bring much-needed health resources to underserved teens.

  • Mentorship: Our staff serves a dual purpose as both instructors and mentors

  • Empowerment:Knowledge to make informed and healthy choices for a sustainable way of life.


  • Reached 1100 girls in the last year

  • Worked at 10 schools

  • Administrative staff are volunteers

  • Weekly nutrition and exercise classes

  • Sex education work shops

I've stopped eating McDonald's for a while... that's huge!" -Adelicia, age 13

"I tell my mom about the recipes so she can get healthy herself."  -Violet, age 12


Special thanks to the generous individuals who

made this series and our programs possible.

Patrons’ Circle


Roberta Campbell

Gayatri Devi, MD

Mrs. and Mr. Arthur Hoffer

Mrs. and Mr. Robert Schroeder


($5,000 to $9,999)

Jennifer Holman

Kathleen and Lester Miller

Lily Prystowsky, MD

Roberta Rubin, MD

William R. Salomon

Ralph Worthington


($1,000 to $4,999)

Harold Burson

Carnegie Hill Radiology

Kathy Greenberg

Audrie Kubie

Maria and Rudy Mack

Lee Rodriguez

Gabriela Shelley, MD

Arthur Stein

Wagner Thielens, PhD

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